Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Boeing Moves ZY998 to Fatigue Test Rig

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Boeing announced, this morning, that it had moved the fatigue test air frame to the test rig at building 40-41. Here's Boeing's Press Release:

News Release Issued: February 2, 2010 9:16 AM EST

Boeing Moves 787 Dreamliner Fatigue Test Airframe to Testing Rig

EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) on Sunday moved the 787 Dreamliner fatigue test airframe to its structural test rig. The test rig is located in the northwest corner of the Everett, Wash., site.

Test set up is expected to begin immediately, with tests commencing midyear.

"Unlike static tests, where loads are applied to the airplane structure to simulate both normal operation and extreme flight conditions, fatigue testing is a much longer process that simulates up to three times the number of flight cycles an airplane is likely to experience during a lifetime of service," said Scott Fancher, 787 vice president and general manager, Commercial Airplanes. "This testing is instrumental in confirming the longevity of the airplane."

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